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11/03/05

Pearlington Family Still Waits For Trailer

"You don't even know where to start on something like this, you know. It's just everything you've worked so hard for is gone, and you don't even know how you're going to rebuild or anything," said Debby Drumm.

It's still pretty hard for the Drumm family to walk into their dream home of only seven months. But what's even harder for them is living outside in a tent for the past two months.

"We been out here for over, I'd say close to a month and a half now. We have special needs. I have an 85-year-old uncle who has congestive heart failure and a five-year-old who is asthmatic, so we're on the special needs list. And there's other people that's just coming down here from other places and have places to live and they're getting their trailers, and it's like they've been here for two weeks."

Drumm says her and her husband have made all kinds of phone calls to get a trailer.

"When it gets really cold, my kids have been having to stay in my moldy house because it beats them getting fever and everything out here. But there's a health risk there you know. I mean they've had shots but it's still scary. It seems like we fell through the cracks and quite a few people have," said Drumm.

"It's starting to take its toll, but it's one day at a time, sitting around waiting. The waiting is the hard part," said Drumm's husband, Raymond.

Even though the Drumms appreciate what various organizations have been doing for the Pearlington community, they believe the city overall has been forgotten.

They know help is on the way for them, but the question is when?

An American Red Cross representative says more help is on the way for Pearlington residents.

She says FEMA is expected to open a disaster relief center at Charles B. Murphy Elementary School to further assist residents in their rebuilding efforts.

By Karla Redditte

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